About the job
Job Title: Lead Scout – France / Belgium
Department: Recruitment Department
Reporting to: Technical Director
Location: Remote / Home Working
Salary: Competitive - Full Time
Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.
Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.
We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.
We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.
We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.
Come join us.
Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. Whilst our recruitment decisions are always based on merit and suitability, we welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities.
Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team.
Please note that where appropriate for the role, you may be required to complete additional background checks such as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and this will include any time living or working outside of the UK in the last 10 years. You can find out more about this at https://www.gov.uk/dbs-check-applicant-criminal-record
The Role of the Lead Scout – France / Belgium
The main responsibility of the France / Belgium lead scout is to help identify and assess players from all levels in France / Belgium. To assist Brentford FC in identifying and recruiting undervalued players faster and more effectively than our competitors. The role covers the recruitment of players for the First Team and B Team squads.
Role Specific Accountabilities
To Master your area / region in France/Belgium building a superior knowledge base of suitable players from all levels specifically but not limited to France levels 1,2 and Belgium levels 1,2. Plus international teams from each nation.
To develop a close relationship with the Technical Western European lead, Chief scout and Head of Technical scouting.
Attend regular meetings with agents, communicate regularly with agents at the request of the Technical Director, Head of Technical Scouting or Chief Scout.
upload any relevant information on players onto the clubs recruitment system.
Recommend best, suitable players from your area / region on a regular basis to the TD, CS, HoTS as per the recruitment department processes / structures.
Create, develop and maintain an effective network of contacts in football, both with Clubs and Agents, and ensure that the Club has access to that network.
Identify players within your chosen age category/regions using all available tools and techniques, including the use of data and statistical models as appropriate working closely with the CS, HoTS and the recruitment team.
Ensure that all video and live player assessments are uploaded to the recruitment system within 48 hours of the game.
Attend live fixtures and complete video assessments at the request of the Technical Director and CS, HoTS
To assist with the club’s video sharing procedures.
To carry out any other relevant recruitment work as instructed by the Technical Director, CS, HoTS.
To attend regular recruitment meetings.
Key Internal Relationships
Head of Technical Scouting
Other European lead scouts
Western European lead scout
Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics
Ability to attend live games and pick out the best most suitable players for a football club’s criteria
Experience of using relevant football scouting data platforms. WyScout, and InStat.
IT literate, competent in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Organized, structured, and process driven.
Experience / knowledge of working within a professional football club scouting department at 1st team level.
Multilingual – in addition to English, being capable of speaking French.
Based in France or Belgium.
Editing / Clipping of video footage using platforms such as WyScout; InStat; iMovie; Windows Video Editor.
General Club Accountabilities
To comply with all Club policies, including health and safety, data regulations and other legal, ethical and social requirements.
To build and maintain good working relationships while maintaining a professional image.
To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel.
To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times.
Closing date for applications: Tuesday 14 November 2023